13 September 2010

Just Like Mom Use To Make: Banana Nut Cake

As a child my mom would always let me choose what kind of cake I would like for my birthday and nine times out of ten I would say banana. Even when I was in high school I remember having banana birthday cakes. I love banana cake, banana cream pie, banana bread, and just about anything made with bananas!

My favorite banana cake is moist and tender. The caramel frosting is sweet and the perfect compliment to the banana cake. Here is the recipe:

Banana Nut Cake
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (crisco)
3 large ripe bananas, crushed
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped coarsely
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs, then crushed bananas.  Mix well.  Mix flour, soda, and salt together.  Fold into banana mixture.  Add nuts and vanilla.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Cool before frosting.

Caramel Frosting
Melt 1/2 cup butter.
Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add 1/4 cup milk and continue to cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil.
Remove from heat.  Cool.
Add 1 3/4 -2 cups sifted confectioners sugar gradually until right consistency to spread.

Enjoy!  and thanks Mom!